Olympic Torch: Sighs of relief as clouds part for flame in South Yorkshire

Dance date: Twist & Pulse are performing in Sheffield.
Dance date: Twist & Pulse are performing in Sheffield.

IT’S yet another wet weekend in South Yorkshire - but the clouds are set to clear to welcome the arrival of the Olympic torch on Monday.

Forecasters say there is just a 10 per cent chance of rain - and there might even be some sunshine - as the beacons of our community carry the flame through Barnsley and Sheffield on Monday afternoon.

After persistent showers tonight and more rain tomorrow, the break in the weather will come as a welcome relief for the organisers who have put on the giant event.

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More than 20,000 spectators are expected in Barker’s Pool Sheffield city centre, for the centrepiece of the celebrations from 5.30pm, to be headlined by Britain’s Got Talent dance stars Twist & Pulse.

Some 40 Sheffielders and others from across South Yorkshire have been given the honour of carrying the torch on their home turf.

They include Sheffield’s own Olympic gold medallist Seb Coe, veteran charity fundraiser ‘mad pram man’ John Burkhill and dozens of other sports stars, community leaders and charity icons.

Brendan Jones, Meteo Group weather forecaster, said: “The forecast for Monday is looking much better.

“It is looking like a dry day with some sunny spells.

“There is a 10 per cent chance of showers and the wind will be much lighter after some blustery spells over the weekend.

“It won’t be spectacularly warm - up to 17C or 63F - but it will be warmer than the cool temperatures of the weekend.”

Mr Jones said light and scattered showers today will become heavy rain tonight, with a similar pattern expected tomorrow.

Twist & Pulse said, whatever the weather, they were excited to be performing in Sheffield.

Glen ‘Pulse’ Murphy told The Star: “It’s not just any show. This is for the Olympics and it’s amazing to be a part of that.

“Hopefully everybody in Sheffield will be really up for it.”

The pair have been accompanying the Olympic torch along its route, headlining evening celebration events along the way.

Sheffield is the 34th stop on the tour which sees them perform more than 65 shows in just 70 days.

The hip-hop duo, runners-up on Britain’s Got Talent in 2010, said the crowd will experience some ‘streetomedy’, their own brand of street dance and comedy .

Ashley ‘Twist’ Glazebrook said: “It’s going to be epic. We can’t wait.

“The crowd has been getting better and better in each place.”